First Quarter 2023 PCQC Photo Contest

First-place photo by Shari Rogers titled Ecuadorian Woman with Necklace

Jim Burkstrand’s second-place photo titled In His Father’s Footsteps

Third-place photo by Monte Hudson titled Dancing Indian Child

Tom Allen

The Photo Club of Quail Creek (PCQC) continues with its Quarterly Photo Challenge, with the first quarter of 2023 having the topic of “Culture.” Each club member can enter up to three photos taken during the first quarter of 2023. This subject drew 39 entries with a wide variety of subjects. All of the photos can be seen on our Flickr site

Voted the top three photos were Shari Rogers (first), Kim Burkstrand (second), and Monte Hudson (third). Their subject could represent a particular culture. Suggested subjects were art, clothing, dance, tools, structures, or a creative idea.

First-place Shari Rogers says, “On a trip to the Galapagos, we went to an area to see the giant tortoises and were treated to an Ecuadorian lunch and performance from local performers. When I saw the woman and how beautiful she was, I wanted to see if I could capture it on film. She was performing a dance with a basket beside her, sitting on the ground. Her jewelry just lit her up, and I was able to snap the shot. Every now and then, it all comes together for a nice shot.” Her photo is titled Ecuadorian Woman with Necklace.

Jim Burkstrand comments on his second-place photo In His Father’s Footsteps: “I went with my wife to visit the Heard Museum in Phoenix for their annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. During the fair, they have demonstrations of Indian music and dancing. This year, they featured Tony Duncan and Family (Apache-Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara). Tony is the premier Hoop dancer in the U.S., and we were fortunate to see his young son dance on this bright, sunny day. I took the photo with my Canon 90D and a Tamron lens. I shot this at 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100, and the lens at 130 mm. I post-processed this in Lightroom and cleaned up the background in Photoshop.”

The third place photo was from Monte Hudson and is titled Dancing Indian Child. On her photo, Monte comments, “This portrait was taken at the Heard Museum Indian Festival. This child was a performing dancer, but I caught her as she and her brother were sitting in the grass just being kids. It was taken on an iPhone using portrait mode.”